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George Town Festival is a month-long festival that has turned into a proudly Penang arts institution. From its start as a series of arts and culture events in celebration of George Town’s listing as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2008, George Town Festival was mooted and celebrated its first inauguration in 2010.
Since then, we have had the privilege of hosting spectacular events spanning the arts – from world-class performances to cross-cultural creative collaborations, experimental art, traditional and contemporary performing arts, as well as exciting local community initiatives and public installations.
Our mission is to become the platform for culture and the arts in South-East Asia, with a focus on George Town’s unique perspectives. For the festival month, the city becomes a canvas where performers and audiences transform spaces within it with venues ranging from auditoriums to five-foot ways, colonial shop-houses to sidewalk galleries.
The festival continues to offer the best possible experience through our core beliefs of Collaboration, Community, Reinvention and Accessibility, intriguing audiences with our various free and ticketed events.
George Town Festival 2014 will take place over the entire month of August.
Aged 55, Malaysian Joe Sidek is the Managing Director of Joe Sidek Productions Sdn Bhd. He has been the Festival Director of Penang’s George Town Festival since 2010. He was recently appointed as the Managing Director of Tropfest South East Asia in 2013.
A creative in approach and a professional by nature, Joe Sidek established his innovative expertise and business acumen long before the advent of George Town Festival. Prior to the festival, Joe Sidek has managed numerous successful events and exhibitions, both in Penang as well in Kuala Lumpur. Another prominent event organised by him was the launch of the Malaysia Transformation Programme at KLCC in 2010.
Joe Sidek Productions Sdn Bhd commenced operations on 17 January, 2012 as an event management company as well as the management arm for George Town Festival. Joe Sidek is also currently the Managing Director of Chemdyes Sdn Bhd, a textile auxiliary company.